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What chops! Harvard Jazz Band rehearses for 40th

April 2nd, 2011 No comments

Rehearsals are underway for the Harvard Jazz Band celebration of its 40th anniversary April 7-10Thomas G. Everett started the group in 1971, and Harvard jazz programs grew like a hot riff until 1976, jazzed jammed with the Office for the Arts. Everett is still at the helm — as director of bands (catch him in action April 9) as well as jazz advisor to the OFA.

Today, Harvard’s jazz programs encompass two undergraduate jazz ensembles. Students enjoy rich opportunities, abundant with improvisational experience such as the annual Jazz Masters in Residency in which professional musicians collaborate with undergraduate students. What’s more:  Students make time to play local gigs and also study jazz’s history, styles and literature.

But what does jazz really mean to these students? Andrew Katzenstein ’13, Alex Rezzo ’11, and Keith Doelling ’11 (concentrators in English, economics, and psychology, respectively) discuss both their backgrounds in jazz and what the music style means to them.

Adolphus Busch Hall: A Collection of Art and Inspiration

March 28th, 2011 No comments

Cast in the character of a majestic medieval hall, Adolphus Busch Hall is not an ordinary edifice – even for Harvard’s standards of infrastructure and museums. It does not take long for a spectator to become consumed by the illustrious architectural style, intricate statuary and dazzling assortment of Germanic plaster casts.

What is more, AdolphusBusch Hall not only provides for individuals a lens through which to observe stunning art, but also fuels artistically curious students to pursue a life in the arts. In the 1890s, it was the dream of Kuno Francke, a Harvard German Lit professor. Now it’s a treasure of the university. Here is a short film where Minji Kim ’11 – an Art History concentrator – discusses her favorite piece in the museum and connects the work’s featured to her passion for medieval art.

Get your Ghungroo here!

March 5th, 2011 No comments

It’s Ghungroo time again — when the Harvard South Asian Association takes over Agassiz Theatre to celebrate the music, drama, dance and art inspired by South Asian and South Asian American traditions. It’s a little bit Bollywood, a little bit Bharatha Natyam.

Performances of Ghungroo — one of the most popular and colorful events of the performing arts season at Harvard – are sold out. But here’s a taste of what caught the eye of Harvard Arts Beat videographer (and lucky ticket holder) Sheema Golbaba.  

Steven Sater: Unbound

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Tony Award-winning Steven Sater has rocked his way into the Harvard community as script writer and lyricist of American Repertory Theater’s Prometheus Bound, the rock musical now running at Club Oberon. On Feb. 24 at the Adams House Lower Common Room, the poet, playwright, lyricist, television writer and screenwriter spoke with aspiring writers and artists  and demystified not only his personal art but also the art of juxtaposing music and literature — as he did with composer Duncan Sheik in the hit musical Spring Awakening. Here is a montage of Sater’s interaction with the admiring students.

Prometheus Bound, an adaptation of Aeschylus’ play, runs through April 2 at Club Oberon. The production is directed by Diane Paulus with music by Serj Tankian.

The Venetian Masquerade Ball: Unmasked.

February 13th, 2011 No comments

On Friday, February 11, Harvard students flocked from their houses to 27 Kirkland Street to enjoy an evening abundant with delicious food, joyous laughter and colorful masks . Why? Harvard University’s very own Center for European Studies hosted its annual Venetian Masquerade Ball in the beautiful Adolphus Busch Hall. Here is a short montage of the night’s happenings.

Artists in the Yard

February 7th, 2011 No comments

At times, Harvard Yard teems with students dashing here and there with a musical instrument slung on their backs. Harvard has a rich, vibrant population of musicians who could have chosen to study at conservatories or other arts-focused institutions. So why do many music students matriculate at Harvard instead? Physics concentrator Ryu Goto ’11 and undeclared concentrator Rainer Crosett ’14 — both musicians — share their reasons for being artists in the Yard.

MUSIC CREDIT: Pachabel’s Canon in D Major/Soundtrack Pro.

What is Art?

December 12th, 2010 No comments
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Harvard’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies showcased its very own students’ cinematic, photographic, and visual art through its Screenings and following Open Studios on Thursday-Friday, December 9-10 at the Carpenter Center. Viewers, meandering throughout floor after floor of various artistic expressions, reflected upon what the works mean to their respective narratives as well as that of the artist.

Yet—despite these reflections—can they define the greater concept of art? Is art about escaping the difficulties of life, or is it a way of battling such adversities? Check out our newly created video revealing two VES students—Samuel Rashba ’14 and Keoni Correa ’13—showcasing not only their works created during the past term but also their own interpretations of art.